Must Kill TV
Season 05, Episode 09
Air Date November 6, 1997
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Must Kill TV is the ninth episode of Diagnosis Murder's fifth season which was broadcast on November 6, 1997.


When an executive producer is killed during sweeps week, Sloan must navigate the television industry to discover the puppet master behind a follow-up murder.

Summary Edit

When one of Dr. Sloan's patients, a major network's VP of program development, ignores his warnings by rushing back to stress-ridden pilot season after a heart-attack, he's not surprised to hear the next kills her, until Amanda's autopsy shows her nitro-pills were substituted with placebo sugar. As Jesse is desperate not to have to spend his first (fishing) vacation in years with his father, who was never there for him, he successfully applies for a job in the studio's mail-room and thus gathers an insiders perspective which confirms the length of the list of suspects, which largely remains after he finds successor hung in her office, as the job mass-produces enemies: jealous and ambitious rivals, actors, producers. writers, and even loony fans for who her approval of a pilot or decision to scrap a show is vital. The situtation turns worse after certain truths are revealed that further inflame the media circus surrounding the murders. Yet after it turns out the first victim died from seeing a specially doctored vile version of a pilot she had already pre-approved, Mark figures out a less obvious culprit and the way to ferret him out.


  • Dick Van Dyke as Mark Sloan
  • Victoria Rowell as Amanda Bentley
  • Charlie Schlatter as Jesse Travis
  • Barry Van Dyke as Steve Sloan
  • Jaleel White as Himself
  • John Aniston as Carlton Everest
  • Erik Estrada as Himself
  • Peter Graves as Himself
  • Jane Seymour as Herself
  • Fred Willard as Harry Fellows
  • Stephen J. Cannell as Jackson Burley
  • Reginald VelJohnson as Himself
  • Doug E. Doug as Himself
  • Tom Gallop as Phil Zarkin
  • Michele Greene as Rachel Woodrall
  • Molly Hagan as Paige Jennings
  • Brenda Varda as Karen
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers as Herself
  • Sam Rubin as TV Host
  • Timothy McNeil as Ernie Cooley
  • Jennifer Fairbanks as Jennifer
  • Andre Khabbazi as T.J. Mann
  • Nicole Nieth as Cindy
  • Sloan Devine as Woman